Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Swim Team Tryouts

The Randolph YMCA Sharks Competitive Swim Team has announced tryouts for the 2013-2014 swim season.  The training program includes pool practice, functional athletic instruction, strength and stroke development, and team meetings.  The team participates in both YMCA and NJ Swimming competitions.

Entrance to the team is by a competitive tryout. For swimmers 10 and Under, tryouts are on Tuesday, July 23rd.  Registration is at 6:00pm with the pool tryout at 6:30pm.  For swimmers 11 and Over, tryouts are on Thursday, July 25th with registration at 6:00pm and tryout at 6:30pm.  The tryout schedule is based on age as of December 1, 2013.  There is a fee of $15 to participate in tryouts.

Tryouts are held at the Randolph YMCA, 14 Dover Chester Rd, Randolph, NJ.  For more information, contact Head Coach Hilary Yates at 973-366-1120 ext. 34 or by email at hilarywmaymca@aol.com.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Specialty Camps

The Randolph YMCA will be offering a series of special interest camps this year offering children something different for their summer vacation. They are short in duration and are designed to awaken a new interest, deepen knowledge of a current activity, or just to have some fun!

The first of these is Learn to Fish. This 3-day camp for children 6 to 15 will help with fishing technique and teach casting skills, how to identify different types of fish, and how to have fun fishing, a lifetime activity. The first two days will be held indoors on June 8th and 9th and an outdoor fishing session on June 15th will conclude the program.

The week of July 8th to 12th will be very busy with three different opportunities available. For girls ages 4 to 6 there is the Princess Ballet Camp. Each afternoon the dancers will have a new craft to create and choreography to learn. At the end of the week the dancers will perform for family and friends.

Also held from July 8th to 12th in the mornings is a Lacrosse Camp for boys and girls in first through third grade. Participants will be introduced to the game of lacrosse in a fun and interactive way that will teach them the basics of the game. This camp will explore fundamental skills such as cradling, passing, catching, and shooting. Fun practice games will be included.

A third camp available that week is the Competitive Swim Clinic. This camp will focus on stroke technique for the four competitive strokes as well as racing starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers should have a good basic swimming foundation before registering for this clinic.

A Summer Dance Camp is on the agenda for July 15th to 19th. This week of dance will consist of learning all styles of dance including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and ballet. This week for dancers ages 7 to 9 will include crafts, activities, and fun.

Swimmers ages 8 to 14 might want to try the Swim Fit Camp during the week of July 22nd to 26th. This camp will focus on mental, technical, and physical fitness achieved through the sport of swimming. Video analysis will help participants achieve their true potential.

The final specialty camp being offered is Junior Lifeguarding. This is a prep course for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. Offered August 5th to 9th, participants will learn what it takes to become a lifeguard, in the pool and out. CPR certification is included.

Availability in these mini camps is limited. For more information on any of these programs or to register your child, contact Jordan Heymann at jordanwmaymca@aol.com or call 973-366-1120 ext. 23. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Handicapped-Accessible Front Entrance Dedicated

The recently updated front entrance of the Randolph YMCA was dedicated on April 30th. It is fully handicapped-accessible, making entrance much easier for members whose mobility is limited. Bill Lamia, CEO, welcomed guests to the dedication, and Ron Heymann, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Faith Ginsberg, Chairperson of the Healthy Living Committee, added their words of welcome. The Healthy Living Committee raised funds to assist members in need through the sale of engraved pavers which were also dedicated at this time. Bob and Mary Welch who donated the centerpiece stone and Moly Hung whose family honored his mother's memory with their donations added their thoughts to the occasion. Marilyn White, a member who has been proactive to the needs of the less mobile members, added her appreciation for the new entrance. Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur added his remembrances of his family's involvement with the Randolph YMCA.
Following the outdoor dedication, speakers and guests, members and staff, moved indoors to enjoy a brunch to celebrate the occasion.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Are you ready for Amphibia?

Amphibia, a vigorous new exercise program at the Randolph YMCA, is where land and water meet.  Designed for the seasoned athlete, this class combines intense water components, such as water running, aquatic plyometrics, and AQx training with land exercise activities on the pool deck, all geared to strengthen your core and build your endurance.

For more information on this program, contact Kathy Fisher at 973-366-1120, ext 14.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kevin Laue Basketball Clinic

The Randolph YMCA is hosting a special event on Saturday, March 16th.  Kevin Laue, the first  player with one hand to play Division I College Basketball, will be running a clinic for children ages 5 to 15 with limb loss.  Kevin has been recognized for his skills and success in overcoming adversity. Activities will be held in the gym and the warm water pool, and include a movie and a snack.  Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the program.
For more information, contact the front desk of the Y at 973-366-1120.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Youth Fitness Programming

October 1st marks the start of the Youth Fitness class schedule for children ages 5 through 12. Monday is Ballet Basics where students stretch and dance to learn the foundations of ballet.  The class is fun for all levels of dancers.  This class is recommended for boys and girls ages 5 to 8.  J.I.F. - Jump into Fitness - is offered on Tuesday for both 5 to 7 year olds and a more advanced class for 8 to 12 year olds.  Jumping rope improves cardio endurance, builds core strength and increases eye, hand and leg coordination.  Also on Tuesday is Skills and Drills for ages 5 to 7.  This class helps participants gain strength, balance and agility, an excellent preparation for future endeavors in sports and fitness.  Ages 8 through 12 can participate in cardio and strength circuits on Wednesday during Power Hour using BOSU and stability balls, medecine balls and steps.  Youth Yoga is offered on Thursdays.  An introductory class is taught in a playful, lighthearted spirit for 5 to 8 year olds, and a more advanced class, geared to developing strength, flexibility and coordination as well as deepening concentration and relaxation is available for ages 9 to 12.

These classes are available to Full Randolph YMCA members. For more information and specific times for Youth Fitness Programming contact Kathy Lamia at 973-366-1120 ext. 43.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Adult Swim Lessons

Have you managed to reach adulthood without learning to swim?  Are you terrified of the water?  The Randolph YMCA has a solution.  Swim lessons for adults are offered in a very small group setting where instruction is individualized to meet each person's needs.  Instructors are experienced working with the special concerns of adults.  Lessons are available on Saturday morning, Sunday late afternoon, and Wednesday late afternoons.  In addition to group lessons, private lessons can also be arranged if this would be more comfortable for you.  To register for class, contact Pat Rainier at 973-366-1120 ext. 35.